All posts by Elaine Van Develde

Prosecutor: Appellate Court Upholds 2014 Middletown Murder Conviction

A three-judge appellate court panel issued a decision last week upholding the 2014 murder conviction of a Middletown man accused of bludgeoning his wife with a frying pan and strangling her to death in the kitchen of their West Front Street home.

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$5 Million Donated to Riverview by Two River Theater Founders Robert & Joan Rechnitz

Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center Foundation has announced a $5 million donation from Joan and Robert Rechnitz, founders of the Two River Theater Company, to support the advancement of the robotic surgery program at the Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.

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In Memorium: Services Set for Longtime Fair Havenite Craig Sergeant

“He lived his entire adulthood in three different homes in Fair Haven, NJ, a town he adored and planned never leave.”

That’s what longtime Fair Havenite Craig C. Sergeant’s obituary said about the local man who passed away unexpectedly on March 22 at the age of 71 in New Brunswick.

His life will be celebrated from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury, 352 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury.

Born in 1946 to Raymond and Dorothy Clarke Sergeant in Red Bank, Craig grew up there and graduated from Red Bank High School in 1964 and Albright College in Pennsylvania in 1968. After college, he settled down in Fair Haven and never planned on leaving.

From his obituary …

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Remembering Fair Haven Police Patrolman Robert J. Henne

It was three years ago today that Fair Haven lost Patrolman Robert Henne. The loss of the friendly, compassionate cop was a devastating one.

We, at Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect, again offer our profound condolences to his loving family and many colleagues and friends. 

In memory of Robert, we are re-running our tribute to him that was originally published after his funeral and final call on March 31, 2015. 

RIP, Robert. You are remembered … 

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A Mother’s Mission: Maddy’s Gift of Love

What’s a mother to do when the light of her life is extinguished? Dawn Tilton Massabni has been looking for an answer to that question for about a year now — since the day her dauntless, bright spirited 19-year-old daughter Maddy died unexpectedly from toxic shock syndrome on March 30, 2017 at 4:55 p.m.

That answer, or any other, has hardly come easily for the longtime Rumson mom and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate who grew up in the area and raised her family there. But now she thinks she’s found a way to keep the light that she and so many knew as Maddy shining bright.

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